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Discop Istanbul TV Mart Boasts Booming Expected Attendance

Discop Istanbul TV Mart Boasts Booming Expected Attendance
Reflecting the booming Middle East TV market, the Discop Istanbul TV mart is boasting a twenty percent increase in pre-registered attendees including, for the first time, a group of broadcasters and producers from Iraq and also reps from all pubcasters in the Gulf Cooperation Council, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.

The March 4-6 Middle East TV mart, now at its fourth edition, will see top industryites making the trek to Istanbul from free-to-air and pay-tv networks across key Middle Eastern markets where, despite current regional tensions, growth is exponential, especially in the pay-tv arena.

According to a new report from London-based Digital TV Research pay-tv revenues in the Middle East and North Africa are forecasted to grow by more than 83 percent between 2010 and 2020 to $5.6 billion, with Turkey and Israel expected to account for a combined 52 percent of the Mena region’s pay-TV total.
See full article at Variety - TV News »

WWE Raw Review: Daniel Bryan On Right Track?

Last week, I was very critical in the way Daniel Bryan was just chosen by John Cena for the SummerSlam main event. I felt it was more pandering to the audience. It didn’t feel like Daniel Bryan was seen on the same level of the WWE champion. It was more of a charity case. That was all rectified this week, deep in the heart of Texas from Austin.

The show begins with a drum roll again. (I guess that’s Brad Maddox theme song?)

We have the customary contract signing with the Raw Gm and the two competitors. I like this for two reasons. I like this because there was no violence and they solidified why Daniel Bryan deserved the shot in the eyes of both John Cena and Daniel Bryan. I even like the effect of Brad Maddox showing doubts of the bearded wonder thanks to the influence of the higher power.

Fox Orders Celebrity Diving Reality Special

Exclusive: The U.S. reality pool is getting crowded. Fox is taking a plunge into the competition celebrity diving reality arena with Stars In Danger: High Diving, a two-hour special that will air this winter. It will be produced by Bunim/Murray Prods based on a format owned by its parent company Banijay International. If successful, it could spawn a regular series. The Stars In Danger green light comes on the heels of ABC giving a straight-to-series order earlier this month to Celebrity Splash, a competition celebrity diving reality series from Eyeworks USA, also based on an European format owned by Eyeworks. Stars In Danger: High Diving is expected to hit the water (air) first. While Celebrity Splash only premiered in August in the Netherlands (as Sterren Springen), Stars In Danger: High Diving has long traditions. It has aired as a yearly two-night, three-hour special on ProSieben in Germany since 2004 as TV Total Turmspringen.
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Jennifer Lopez: Cologne Cutie

Nearing the end of her overseas promotional trek, Jennifer Lopez was busy boosting interest in "The Back-Up Plan" in Cologne, Germany on Friday (April 30).

Wearing a conservative charcoal frock, the 40-year-old singer/actress posed for pictures as she partook in a photocall at the Hyatt Hotel.

Having arrived in town the previous day, Miss Lopez spent the afternoon hours filming a guest spot on the local show "TV Total".

As for her new movie, "The Back-Up Plan" didn't have the best showing in the States - as it only pulled in $12.25 million on opening weekend, being beat out at the box office by "How to Train Your Dragon".
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Jennifer Lopez Cruises Through Cologne

Still hot on the promotional trail, Jennifer Lopez was spotted making her rounds in Cologne, Germany on Thursday (April 29).

The lovely singer/actress waved to fans as she arrived at the Hyatt Hotel after recording the German TV show "TV Total" as part of her "Back-Up Plan" press duties.

In related news,Jen recently chatted with press about having pleasant complications in her marriage to Marc Anthony.

She tells, “People seem to think that when there’s conflict in a relationship it’s always a bad thing, but I think you need a challenge. The dynamic between us is passionate and that’s why it works. We are compatible, but at the same time we are different enough to make it interesting."

Lopez adds, “I’m the biggest challenge that he’s ever had to deal with, and that’s what keeps it interesting for us both.”
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Rihanna 'Russian Roulette' Video Preview Airs On German TV

Full video airs Friday night on '20/20.'

By Jocelyn Vena

Rihanna in her "Russian Roulette" music video

Photo: Island Def Jam Music Group

Rihanna's music video for "Russian Roulette" doesn't premiere until Friday night on "20/20," but the singer did release a snippet of the Anthony Mandler-directed clip on a German talk show.

On Wednesday when the singer, who drops her Rated R album on November 23, stopped by "TV Total" in Germany to chat about her new album, she also previewed about 30 seconds of the video. In it, Rihanna is imprisoned, trying to plead with an officer. Soon, the video cuts to Rihanna sitting at a table across from a man with a gun between them. There are also shots of Rihanna looking sullen and singing the eerie ballad.

The fan site RihannaDaily.com has three stills from the video showing three additional scenes. They are darker than the images in the preview clip,
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Preview of Rihanna's New Album 'Rated R' Comes Out

Rihanna's new studio album "Rated R" won't be dropped in U.S. stores until November 23, but a preview of its songs has hit the web on Thursday, November 12. The tracks included in the set are "Wait Your Turn," "Stupid In Love," "Hard" featuring Young Jeezy, "Rockstar 101" featuring Slash, and "Photographs" featuring will.i.am.

For making the album, the Barbadian beauty teamed up with some top-notch musicians, including Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo, Akon, The-Dream, and Tricky Stewart. Recently, Ne-Yo commented on the record, saying that it is definitely more edgy than the way people used to seeing Rihanna.

Days before the preview came out, a sneak peek at "Russian Roulette" music video was shown at a German TV show called "TV Total". The full version of the video itself will be premiered during "20/20" on Friday, November 13.
See full article at Celebrity Mania »

Snippet of Rihanna's 'Russian Roulette' Music Video

Rihanna's music video in support of her single "Russian Roulette" will not arrive in full until this coming Friday, November 13. However, it has been previewed through an almost-30-second clip which was outed on German talk show "TV Total" on November 11.

Directed by Anthony Mandler, "Russian Roulette" music video will come out on the same day her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown debuts "Crawl" video. Rihanna will take the premiere to "20/20", while Chris chooses to visit "The Wendy Williams Show".

"Russian Roullete" is taken from Rihanna's upcoming fourth studio album "Rated R" which is slated for November 23 U.S. release, while "Crawl" is set to appear in Chris Brown's forthcoming third effort "Graffiti" which is planned to arrive across the country on December 8.
See full article at Aceshowbiz »

A Preview to Rihanna's 'Russian Roulette' Music Video

The official music video of Rihanna's "Russian Roulette" won't come out until Friday, November 13, but a sneak preview has come out for viewing pleasure. This nearly 30-second sneak peek at the music video is shown at a German TV show called "TV Total" and shares glimpses of the singer in a number of situations, including the one time she thrusts a gun forward to a man sitting in front of her.

"Russian Roulette" is the first single off Rihanna's fourth studio album "Rated R". About the song, she recently shared how it came to her. "Well, actually Ne-Yo gave me the first song we did on the album," she explained. "It's called 'Stupid in Love' [which we worked on early on], and 'Russian Roulette' came at the end." She added, "And the song was very dark, which matched the base of the album. I love that it was metaphorical."

The music video for the
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Eminem Freestyles During German TV Interview

Mc briefly gets serious to talk about his struggles with addiction.

By Shaheem Reid

Eminem

Photo: Interscope

"Cha Cha Cha." Not the famous rap song Mc Lyte brought to life in the 1980s, the "Cha, Cha, Cha."

Eminem appeared on the German program "TV Total" earlier this week, and not only gave an interview, but kicked a freestyle over a beat host Stefan Raab called "Cha, Cha, Cha," while Raab and the house band played along.

"Here I go, lyr-ree-cal/ I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm spir-rit-ual. ... I have no f---in' clue, what the f--- I'm doing," he reiterated in his rap before the talk show host sang.

Slim Shady also sat down for a interview, coming out in comical form, briefly wearing an anti-swine flu mask — and even began talking into the mic through it. He also learned several German swear words and heard about German rappers.
See full article at MTV Music News »

Viacom eyes German comedy channel

Viacom eyes German comedy channel
COLOGNE, Germany -- Viacom is considering launching an all-comedy channel in Germany, to replace its local alternative music station Viva Plus. In an interview Monday with the Financial Times Deutschland, MTV Networks Europe chief executive Simon Guild said Viacom's substantial success with its in-house comedy in Germany would make an all-comedy channel a good fit for the territory. In addition to its MTV, Nick, Viva and Viva Plus channels in Germany, Viacom also controls Brainpool, the country's largest television comedy producer. Brainpool produces several local hits including TV Total and Stromberg, the German version of The Office. "It would make sense to use this competence in the transformation (of Viva Plus)," Guild said. Viacom acquired Viva and Brainpool last year for about €330 million ($388.3 million). Earlier this year, Viacom dropped its MTV2Pop channel in Germany, replacing it with kids station Nick.

RTL, SAT.1 up for comedy awards

COLOGNE, Germany -- German commercial networks RTL and SAT.1 proved they are still the standouts in the stand-up crowd by dominating the nominations for the third annual German Comedy Prize, which were announced Wednesday. The two channels picked up 10 nominations each, all but shutting out the competition. The only other station represented in this year's nominations for Germany's top television comedy award is SAT.1 sister channel ProSieben, whose TV-Total picked up a nomination for best comedy show. Alles Atze (Everything Atze), the weekly RTL sitcom based on the stand-up routines of blue-collar comedian Atze Schroeder, led the nominations, grabbing a nom for best comedy series as well as comedy actor and comedy actress nominations, respectively, for stars Schroeder and Heike Kloss. Schroeder will also host the ceremonies for the awards, set to be broadcast Oct. 11 on RTL.

VIVA music TV returns to the black

MUNICH -- German music television group VIVA Media AG returned to the black in 2002, the company revealed in its annual results presented at a press conference in Cologne Wednesday. EBITDA for 2002 was at €30 million ($32 million), compared with losses of €13.5 million in 2001. Profits reached €859,000 ($918,000), up from a pro-forma minus of €28.8 million the year before. The huge leap in earnings was mostly thanks to the sale of a 49% stake in the VIVA Plus channel to AOL Time Warner for €30 million ($32 million) during 2002. The group also cut almost 200 positions, bringing its workforce down to 580. The continuing ad slump in Germany brought net advertising revenues down by 7% at the music TV broadcaster, about the national average. But VIVA still beat out MTV for market share in Germany last year, and management expects sales to be "stable" in 2003. The brightest spot in the group was non-music subsidiary Brainpool, which produces mostly comedy formats for TV. Brainpool managed to successfully place several new shows besides continuing with its perennial favorite, the comedy variety program TV Total.

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